Last Updated on January 12, 2020 by Chef Mireille
Roasted Cauliflower Fattoush
Roasted Cauliflower Fattoush is the Middle East’s answer to Panzanella Salad and this version is fortified with some roasted cauliflower.
My BM theme this week is Lebanese cuisine. Often I go in search of very traditional recipes when I am presenting the foods of different countries. However, I think it’s just as interesting to create simple every day meals, using the flavor profiles of different countries. Once you know the spices and herbs used in the cuisine, you can create any meal around any country.
I took a traditional Middle Eastern salad eaten in Lebanon as well as Syria and Jordan and added a unique twist I am sure the Lebanese people would love and I wouldn’t be surprised if someone in Lebanon has already invented a variation similar to this one. Fattoush is a kind of bread salad popular throughout the Mediterranean. I have already presented the Italian version here.
I had made this huge loaf of Herb & Spice bread flavored with cumin, coriander, anise, cilantro, mint and pink peppercorns. Since the flavor profile is in synch with Middle Eastern cuisine, I subbed the traditional pita bread and used this bread instead. I also fortified the salad with some roasted cauliflower. However, if you’d like to try the more traditional version with pita bread, here is my pita bread recipe.
IN THE MAKING – HOW TO MAKE ROASTED CAULIFLOWER FATTOUSH
This is a delicious and fresh salad that you can make your own creative twists to by adding additional vegetables as you desire.
Even though we are heading into fall soon, let’s keep it healthy by including delicious salads like this as part of your daily diet.
Here are some more salads for more inspiration!
- Apricot Spinach Salad
- Chickpea Pomegranate Spinach Salad
- Beet Carrot Salad
- Mizuna Apple Almond Salad
- Strawberry Fennel Salad
Roasted Cauliflower Fattoush
- Cauliflower Ingredients:
- 4 cups cauliflower broken into large florets
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Crouton Ingredients:
- 4 cups chopped Spice & Herb Bread
- 1/8 cup olive oil
- Salad Ingredients:
- 1 large red bell pepper chopped
- 4 cups chopped lettuce
- 2 chopped tomatoes
- 1 English Cucumber chopped
- 4 scallions
- ¼ cup finely chopped mint
- ½ cup finely chopped parsley
- Dressing Ingredients:
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ cup olive oil
- Sumac for garnish
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Combine cauliflower, oil, garlic, salt and pepper and toss to combine.
- Place in a baking dish and roast for 30 minutes, until fork tender but still crisp.
- Combine bread and olive oil. Toss to combine.
- Place on a cookie sheet in a single layer and bake for 30 minutes or until bread is crispy.
- To make the dressing, combine lemon juice, salt and pepper. Whisk well. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while whisking constantly.
- In a large bowl, combine bell pepper, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, scallion, mint and parsley. Toss to combine.
- Add cauliflower and bread. Add salad dressing and toss well.
- To serve, garnish with sumac.
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A burst of flavors ! The Lebanese Cuisine has extremely exotic flavours and I am
Loving this vibrant salad .
this bright and fresh salad is perfect for summer and so flavorful!
This is such an amazing combination of flavours. And it looks so colourful Mir.
thanks – colorful makes it so appealing as it is delicious
Very refreshing and colorful salad.. makes me hungry.
thanks – it is a fresh and delicious salad for sure I think you will love
Such vibrant colours in your salad. The addition of cauliflower makes it interesting. I made it sans the bread croutons.
Love bread salad! Everything about this post is amazing! The pictures, the recipe and the ingredients. Using homemade herb bread must have added a whole new flavor to it. Love it!
thanks – yes that bread did make it even more awesome
Fattoush looks s flavorful and inviting. I made something similar last week and loved it.
Sharmila - The Happie Friends Potpourri Corner
So colourful and Yummy!!
thanks – like they say we eat with our eyes first
Oh wow your plate looks so colourful Mir, love everything you have on!..
thanks yes this is one plate that we eat with our eyes first because the colors are so inviting
I’d love to have this salad right away. Full of flavours and filling. Am sure no one’s going to complain about it not being traditional.
right I dont think there would be complaints either
That is one colorful plate mir! Love how versatile the salad is! Pictures are good! i m just bored of the usual salads i make, this is very interesting, will definitely give this a try!
when food is so colorful makes us want to eat more doesnt it?
Adding cauliflower to the salad sounds interesting. I have to try it. Quite a healthy and filling salad.
yes the flavors are amazing with all the fresh herbs. I am sure you will enjoy it!
Wow, Mir such a delicious burst of flavors in this salad. I absolutely love it and since we all love salads it will be enjoyed by l of us. Lovely use of cauliflower.
Yes it is a delicious and filling salad, especially in the hot summer!
Huge cauliflower lovers here. I can imagine this in humid days like now .. herbed bread and roasted cauliflower definitely adds to the oomph !!
Love everything In this salad. So vibrant and colorful and that herbed bread must add so much flavor to it ❤️
yes and the fresh herbs make all the difference in this delicious salad